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About Our Bangles


Whirling Turban bangles are handmade from the highest quality artisanal phenolic resin.

With a weight, texture and CLACK like vintage Bakelite, they play well with genuine vintage bangle bracelets.


In fact, our top customers are Bakelite collectors. No one else is making bangles that look and feel like Bakelite.


Our bracelets are made one at a time and are hand-polished, not sprayed for shine like many “fakelites”. These are very limited edition. Each design is made from a hand-carved wax mold exclusive to Whirling Turban.


We make small batches, so there is often only one small and one large per batch. Since they are individually polished in a process that removes a little of the resin, size variations occur.




“For years I longed to collect Bakelite Vintage, but was afraid of buying a fake. I didn’t feel I knew enough to evaluate the price. I wanted to have enough pieces to play with and create stacks, but couldn’t justify hundreds of dollars per bracelet to get in the stack game. I loathed the cheap copies that looked like children’s plastic jewelry.


“When I discovered this particular resin material, I fell in love with it and thought about it for 20 years. Finally I had my first few designs made, by a life-long resin craftsman in a small family business. When I got my first samples I was hooked. The feel of this vegan resin is delicious to touch, reminiscent of real elephant ivory. These bangles have a quality heft and a pleasing, Bakelite-like CLACK.


“I had found that standard bangle bracelets were too big for me; they just weren’t comfortable. I wanted to make different sizes available so everyone could have the size that was comfy to them. So, we make Whirling Turban bangle styles in a range of sizes, and we specify the exact inner diameter of each.”



You may find tiny irregularities that result from being made in a workshop rather than a factory. If you find a trait in the bracelet you receive that doesn’t suit you, we encourage you to exchange it, because each bracelet is unique.


You are free to return any bracelet you don’t love within two weeks of having received it for a full refund, providing the handmade box and bracelet are in new condition and can be re-sold to another collector. The durability is similar to Bakelite; strong but not unbreakable.


Start collecting now! No two are exactly alike, and most will never be repeated.